It was an audacious plan from the start to sequence the human genome. In Nature this week marking the 25th anniversary of the project's launch, three architects of the Human Genome Project write that it was biology's first large-scale project and set the stage for more to come.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.